“It’s obvious if someone has talent!” Coaches’ subjective talent criteria in top-level Soccer

Jokuschies, Nina; Conzelmann, Achim (2016). “It’s obvious if someone has talent!” Coaches’ subjective talent criteria in top-level Soccer. Zeitschrift für Sportpsychologie, 23(2), pp. 44-55. Hogrefe 10.1026/1612-5010/a000161

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Although talent selection decisions in professional soccer are based on coaches’ subjective judgements, little is known to date about their subjective talent criteria. Drawing on a constructivist approach (Kelly, 1991), we studied six Swiss top-level youth soccer coaches using a semistructured interview and repertory grid technique (Fromm, 2004). The results show that the method can be used to define coaches’ subjective talent criteria. The multidimensionality and differentiation displayed by the coaches’ talent models are demonstrated by their inclusion of aspects from the field of personality characteristics, cognitive perceptual skills, physical abilities, technique, social environment, and physical constitution. The results indicate that the repertory grid technique can be used for systematic talent evaluations based on coaches’ subjective talent criteria.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science I

UniBE Contributor:

Conzelmann, Achim

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1612-5010

Publisher:

Hogrefe

Language:

German

Submitter:

Fabiola Friolet

Date Deposited:

24 Feb 2017 11:24

Last Modified:

07 Apr 2017 08:05

Publisher DOI:

10.1026/1612-5010/a000161

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Talentidentifikation, Nachwuchsleistungssport, Subjektivität, Repertory Grid Technik, Fußball

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96097

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